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Forum founder info.

Describe your job, where you work and the models of turbines you work on.

Forum founder info.

Postby j79guy on Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:20 pm

Ok, I'll kick this off.
My name is Robin Sipe, and I'm the founder of this forum. In 1979, I went to work for a natural gas company in Northern British Columbia, Canada, which used (Still uses.) General Electric LM1500 gas turbines on their main pipeline, as gas compression units. (The LM1500 units are industrialized J79 military flight engines.) In 1991 I was invited to supervise the company's turbine overhaul facility, which included models such as the GE LM1500, LM1600, LM2500, RR Mk-1900 Spey, Allison 501K, Solar Saturn & Centaur, Orenda OTF-3 and Westinghouse W-92.
In 1997, I formed my own company, S&S Turbine Services Ltd., based in Fort St. John, BC Canada. Our focus at S&S is the support of mature aeroderivitive turbine units, including overhaul and test.
Of late we here have been performing overhaul and test services for military flight applications, including full afterburning.
I'm the first to admit that I like to "bend the rules". Having my own test cell, and a fleet of engines at my disposal allows me to try various modifications to see if they work or not. Generally, they do, and it gives one great satisfaction to improve on a turbine engine design, that pays off to the end user, in terms of improved reliability, output, or profitability. (No they are not necessarily the same.) Yes, I've destroyed engines on my cell, but that's part of the learning curve.

My business has grown from selling a few parts from my basement in 1997, to where today, we have two shops running flat out, a test cell at the Fort St. John Airport and plans are afoot for a third shop. We overhaul and test run GE, Rolls Royce, Orenda, Allison and Solar products, as well as providing support services for Garrett AiResearch starters. Anyone who would like more details about S&S Turbine Services Ltd, are welcome to visit my website at http://www.ssturbine.com

Turbines are my passion, and am always looking for ways to improve and modify models of engines to better suit their end users. I have an Allison 250 in a 19' Sanger flat bottom V-Drive boat, for shits & giggles.

Ok, now this site IS NOT to showcase my business, and thus I will be appointing moderators to the site that specifically will not be associated with my business. If any of you feel that I am biasing any forums or topics towards a sales pitch, let me know, and it will be nipped in the bud.

Enough about me, how about you?

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Re: Forum founder info.

Postby TillamookTurbine on Tue Sep 01, 2009 9:38 pm

I've had several interesting Lear trips to BC, recently. Hopefully, I'll get to Ft St John one of these days so I can visit Blue Nova. I delivered a patient to Kelowna, was in Juneau last week picking up a patient for transfer to Stanford Medical Center and also was hoping to see Robin at Abbotsford. We flew the A-26 and Mig-17 there and performed passes for the amusement / amazement of all present.

I saw the Snowbirds at Abbotsford and then also got a chance to visit with the pilots since they were also at Kelowna. They're actually a very nice group of guys; sometimes in the past the T-birds tended to be a little stuck-up. I didn't realize until visiting with the Snowbirds that their Tudors have J85's. Orenda built? I think it's a -40. Is that about equivalent to a CJ610-6 like I flown with in Lears?

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Re: Forum founder info.

Postby j79guy on Fri Sep 04, 2009 1:34 pm

Terry,

Yes the Snowbirds use a Orenda License built version of the GE J85. Not sure exactly which model but I can find out readily enough. You can just about put the engine under your arm and carry it around.

Robin.
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Postby UtahTurbineMan on Tue May 01, 2012 8:24 am

Everything sounds impressive Robin, i would look forward to crunching theories with you one day :) . I am a balance specialist for WILLIAMS International. I work on just our engines with we sell to Cessna and a few others, as well as some military engines for "one way" missles. Aside from balance/vibration analysis i do just about all of the inspection processes for the turbine groups as well as across the company. I do destructive etching processes on the super alloys, i work with ultrasonic and penetrant inspection in the NDT sides of things.
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Postby j79guy on Thu May 03, 2012 7:20 pm

Welcome aboard!
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